Making a Splash: Kennedy Swimmers Set Records

By Eddie Rodrigues, Sports Editor

Juniors Kalena Ozdaglar and Emilia Seelig adjust their goggles during an after-school swim practice in early Spring. Photo courtesy Kennedy Yearbook

The swimming squad of Kennedy High School had a very successful season this year. The men’s varsity team went undefeated and won Metro League title, one of several Kennedy sports championships this spring.

Max Ezzell, a freshman swimmer on the team, beamed, “It felt really good winning the championship. We won many meets and events against some really tough schools. My personal goal and the team’s goal are to win the League Championship again. I’m only a freshman on varsity so I hope to assist and contribute to the team as long as I can. It was truly fun and felt amazing winning the league.” Matthew Lee, another member to the team stated in regards to winning league, “I had a feeling unlike any before. I was speechless, in shock, and obviously beyond happy.” It is a certainty that all of the players felt this way after the historic Metro League title in their hands.

The championship team headed by coach Derek Perkins dominated the league in most to all categories and sections, completely taking over the entire Sacramento field. Coach Perkins shared, “We had a very big team that was able to be successful in multiple events, we graduated few athletes and should be stronger next year. We are returning a lot of kids next year. I would like to see the team make the state championship meet and I would like to see some of the seniors break a few of the records that are pretty old.” One such record was the varsity boys’ 200-medley relay, which was broken after 35 years.

The varsity boys also went on to place in the top ten of the Sectional League, which only adds to the season’s accomplishment. The Varsity girls also had a great season that should not go unnoticed. They finished 3rd in the league and in doing so, broke a long standing Kennedy swimming record at one of the varsity meets.

Though some will leave off to college next year to continue their athletic success, many will stay and fight to be the top next year. Now embedded with much confidence, the group will try to dominate the ranks again with Coach Derek Perkins leading them on. It will be interesting to see what the team will do over the next few years and beyond, with us rooting them on by their side. We can only hope they bring home the Metro League Championship once again.

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